Why I’m glad I’m not a Raider fan

Last year was definitely a tough year for the Broncos.  Going 7-9 and basically unraveling at the end of the year was pretty hard to swallow.  Right now the Bronco faithful are just praying that we can get back into playoff form in 2008, especially before the "free agent bloodbath" on the horizon.

But I still love the Broncos, and I’m proud to be a Bronco fan. 

It could be worse. I could be a Raider fan and have to come home to this every night:

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It could be worse, Bronco Country.  At least we don’t have Skeletor or the Crypt Keeper running our team.

She said yes!

A alluded to this in my earlier post, but now I can happily share the news that Bethany and I are engaged!

Thank you to all of my friends and family who have sent their congratulations, blessings and well-wishes through the various communication methods.  Many have asked “how did it happen?  How did you pop the question?”  Here is the story:

March 19th has been in the works for weeks, as it was the easiest day to keep under wraps.  This date coincided with the date that I was to get my new phone.  Given my frustration with the Treo 700w, it was easy to channel the excitement about the engagement to get the new phone.  It also enabled me to count down the days in plain sight – I am geeky enough that Bethany bought into my excitement over the phone.  Two months ago I was actually counting down the time I could trash the Treo, but a few weeks ago that shifted to the engagement.

Wednesday morning Bethany received a delivery of flowers, with the message “Today is THE DAY – the wait IS OVER!”  She knew the big question was coming, and at that point had her suspicions about the motive of the flowers. Still, she wouldn’t put it past me to be this excited about finally ridding myself of the Treo and having the new phone.

I later played into her doubt when I met her after work and we went over to the Verizon store to purchase the phone.  She had hoped that if today was the day of the engagement, that I would have already picked up the phone earlier in the day.  We were in the store for about a half-hour, when she asked where I wanted to go to dinner.

“I’m not sure” I said, “how about Outback, or Chili’s?”.  This played into her doubt, leaving her wondering whether I was actually that geeky – to send her flowers over a new phone – after all, and whether she would have to continue to wait for the proposal.  We got in the car and I turned right instead of left at Harmony.  From that point on she knew that we were going up to Horsetooth Reservoir.

There’s a small parking lot which overlooks the Reservoir, at the curve of a large foothill – this is the spot we went on our 3rd date, and where Bethany has taken me on special occasions as well.  We pulled up to the spot and Bethany was pretty certain what was going to happen.  Determined to play out my charade, I stuck to my story about wanting to smash the Treo.  I pull a hammer out of my car, and set the Treo on a wooden post.  I then said I wanted to make the moment special and set up my camera on another post.  A cold breeze was blowing and Bethany was a little cold. I gave her my coat, which had the ring in the front pocket.  I set the timer on the camera, approached Bethany and got down on one knee…

I pulled the ring out of the pocket and asked her to marry me… and she said “YES!”

Obviously a wedding date depends on a lot of different factors.  We know the church we want, as well as the Priest we’d like to celebrate the Mass, so it all depends on their availability, but we’re shooting for mid-May/early June 2009.  Mark your calendars!

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Check out the rest of the proposal photos on Flickr.

DMB Colorado Update – they’re coming*

An update on last week’s rant on DMB not scheduling a Colorado date – it turns out they are taking part in the Mile High Music Festival.  The rumors were off by 1 day (but makes sense if they’re doing a festival).  They’re headlining Sunday.  There are going to be a ton of bands there including Spearhead, Tom Petty, John Mayer, the Black Crowes, O.A.R. and the Roots + a ton more.  A 2-day pass is $150, and a 1 day is $85 – a pretty good deal considering you’d probably pay $150 seeing 2-3 bands.

Bethany and I are blocking the weekend of July 18 & 19 to go to this, it should be a blast.  There is a pre-sale going on if you go to the stations web site, sign up to be an “Interactive Member” which is free, then you’re given access to the pre-sale code & link to the pre-sale site.  We picked up our tickets.

I only put an “*” next to this because typically festival concerts aren’t the same as single-headline shows and typically run shorter. Additionally, my Warehouse Membership is basically useless for another year, since they’re not offering any Warehouse pre-sales – bummer.  At least I won’t have to consider traveling to see DMB.

Are you going?  Let me know so maybe we can tailgate and get a big group together.

Vista Business SP1 = No pretty Alt+Tab?

I just upgraded my desktop here at work (which runs Vista Business) over to SP1, only to find that I no longer have the pretty Alt+Tab interface.  I loved that interface, where I pressed Alt+Tab to switch between programs, then while holding it down, was able to click on the program that I really wanted (I am notorious for having tons of windows open).

What the heck?  Was my Vista Business not supposed to have that in the first place?  Did it think my graphics card was good enough Pre-Sp1 and now it’s not?  I still have Aero Glass, so I don’t know what is going on with this.

Argh, that’s what I get for adopting things early – and in this case when it’s released to the public.

Update: A reboot seems to have refreshed my graphics driver.  It reset my resolution to very low, but after adjusting it I once again have my pretty Alt+Tabs.  Note that this reboot took place after it said the Installation as complete (and already rebooted my system).

Update2: This seems to be rooted within how windows switches back and forth between Remote Desktop and how Windows switches between Windows Basic and Areo.  It seems when I just do a disconnect from Remote Desktop, Vista stays in the Basic form until the next reboot (I haven’t tried the logout yet).  This is better than RD on my home computer, which simply goes to a blank screen that I need to lock my computer and then unlock to fix.  The Remote Desktop experience has been quirky to say the least.